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Some Important Tips For A Diabetic
March 23, 2013 by:
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For a diabetic, being alert about smaller points is as important as regular intake of medicines and management of diet.
My brother- in-law died of complications caused by diabetes. His wife is a hard working woman. She took care of him as much as she could. However, with her many household duties it was impossible for her to pay attention to all smaller details which were also important. For a diabetic, taking care of smaller points is as important as regular intake of medicine and management of diet. Among them, the care of skin, feet and legs is one point the diabetic must be alert about. I suggest below a few simple tips on how to care for these details.
1. Skin: The skin is made up of cells as all other parts of the body. In this disease the cells are deprived of their required nourishment and health. They undergo changes which make them prone to bacterial and fungal infections. Therefore, the following points must be taken care of to protect them from infections.
i. Wipe your body with a good towel after your bath. Parts of the body where dampness may remain should properly be dried. Armpits, buttocks, areas between the thighs, areas between the fingers, areas between the toes, under the breasts in women are some parts of the body where water may remain and may invite infection.
ii. Use lukewarm water and mild soap for your baths.
iii. Don't neglect bruises or wounds. Even minor bruises and wounds should be properly treated and if needed also bandaged.
2. Feet: Your feet need special care as they are more prone to suffer wounds and bruises as you move around in your house or go for walks. Any wound may turn into gangrene.
i. Wash your feet with lukewarm water before bed.
ii. Wipe the toes and areas between the toes with a clean towel.
iii. Use a moisturizer to keep feet soft.
iv. Use soft and clean cotton socks. Avoid tight socks and socks made of synthetic materials.
v. Wear soft shoes which don't exert pressure on your toes. Avoid shoes which have cracks or which "bite" your feet.
vi. If a pebble or a piece of stone gets into your shoes during your walks, extract it quickly.
vii. Trim nails with a good nail cutter. Never use a knife or a piece of shaving blade.
viii. Don't cut away warts and corns without consulting a doctor.
3. Legs: With growing thickness of blood and atrophy of veins and arteries blood circulation to legs and feet is reduced. This causes swelling and stiffening of legs. You can take care of your legs with some simple exercises.
i. Hold a window grill or a chair and lift your ankles and bring them down. Repeat the exercise 15 to 20 times.
ii. Hold the back of a chair and do sit-ups 15 to 20 times.
iii. Sit on the floor and lean on your palms behind your back. Turn your feet in circular motion 15 to 20 times, clockwise and anticlockwise.
iv. Lift your legs one by one and turn them in circular motion 15 to 20 times.
v. Walk for an hour every day. Make it a part of your daily habit.
A disease takes away the ease of our life. It is true also for a person having diabetes. Yet, with proper medication, diet and exercise it is easier to live with diabetes. I wish to add a piece of psychological advice. Be positive. Keep cheerful. Avoid depressive thoughts. Visit places and people who help you to keep cheerful. Depression and mental pressures can aggravate the disease. Be in contact with other diabetics. Give and receive support from each other. If possible, join a charitable group. Keep your spirit high. Your positive attitude will help greatly in keeping the menace under check.
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